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Helping Others Pawsitively Every Day

Being an only child, I grew up with quite a few “fur siblings.” That, plus being a natural teacher, I became a novice dog trainer at a very early age. It wasn’t until I was much older and rescued my own dog that I was able to attend my first dog training courses. My rescue, Hunter, and I quickly moved through the dog training classes and we became a certified Therapy Dog team within a year.

About a year after Hunter and I became a team, I graduated from California State University Northridge with a BA in Deaf Studies. I then attended Bergin University of Canine Studies and graduated with an Associate of Science in Assistance Dog Education in 2011. Since then I have been training service and therapy dog teams and constantly continuing my canine education. My other passion is teaching basic obedience classes, as all levels of dog training require the fundamentals that are key to a dog’s training and future.

My husband and I moved to Las Vegas with our four fur kids in October of 2014. In addition to dog training, I am a wedding and family photographer. Yosemite, Harry, Brooklyn and Hunter (order as seen in photo) love their human brother, who arrived in June 2016.

Ever since I was a very young girl, I have always had a strong love for dogs and wanted to work and be with them. My dream from when I was 7 years old was to be a sled dog musher in the snowy plains of Alaska, and I was able to live that dream when I got older. At 9 years old I started teaching the family dog to do tricks like roll over, speak, shake, and balance treats on his nose. I would pour over books about dogs and their behavior and could identify many different breeds and their traits since I was a child and teenager.

When I was able to get a place of my own I decided to adopt a dog; that is how I found my Denali. She was a wild one and was returned to the shelter twice due to severe "behavioral" problems. I worked with her and easily saw she was a very kind and loving dog; she just had so much energy and needed strong leadership. She and I have been serving the community with Michael's Angel Paws for two years now as a Therapy Dog team specializing in Geriatric and Hospice residents.

My heart also belongs to people. I am an avid blood donor and a bone marrow donor. I spend as much time as I can to serve others and to bring smiles to their faces. I was a sick kid when I was younger due to an accident that nearly claimed my life, and if it wasn't for the doctors, volunteers, donors, and divine intervention I wouldn't be here.

I am a business student and I currently live with my two dogs, Denali and Tuff Love, and my little foster dog Ottobot. I look forward to working with all those who come to Michael's Angel Paws, whether human or canine, and growing with this amazing organization.

My love for animals has always been a driving force in my life. I was an only child growing up, so I would spend time drawing horses and dogs, and taking riding lessons. When I was a teenager, my mom remarried, and my step dad a trainer helping guide dogs for the blind in Henderson, Nv. Because our family had horses, I spent many hours learning how to communicate with them. On my own as an adult, I got my first dog, a Basset hound, and taught her a few basic commands. It was then I decided I wanted to work with dogs, and I went to work for a major pet retail store. While there, I learned not only how to train dogs, but also how to teach people, became certified in nutrition and even did a little grooming. I was there for 6 yrs, working my way up. I eventually became the lead trainer and district mentor. I really enjoy working with Pet parents and their dogs!I love to help build that relationship between them, while having fun and learning new things together.